"I will always try to do what's right", Ford said, choking back tears.
The argument is that too many workers who do not feel well would rather go to work - and possibly spread the virus - instead of staying at home to get COVID-19 testing and self-isolating. "And that means if we get something wrong or make a mistake we will fix it as soon as we can like we did this past weekend", he said.
In his first public appearance in nearly a week, Ford says people forced into quarantine due to the pandemic should not have to worry about their jobs or income.
Ford often touted the federal government's Recovery Sickness Benefit as providing resources to people who are forced to miss work, though critics said it does not go far enough.
"That's why we're now working on our own solution to fill those gaps for everyone in Ontario", said Ford.
For weeks, doctors have been sounding the alarm that essential workers are bearing the brunt of new COVID-19 infections, and one warehouse union rep says his members are afraid to go to work. He chose politics over public health.
"All sorts of people have been frustrated that a lot of this stuff we've had has not adhered to science", Steiner said.
In a virtual press conference, Ontario Premier Doug Ford apologized to the public for the measures that the province brought into effect last week, including restrictions to outdoor recreational facilities and increasing policing powers.
"I'm sorry we acted too quick on the measures", he said.
Horwath also introduced motions to: cancel the new police powers; give workers paid time off to get vaccinated; fully shut down non-essential businesses; and dole out new supports to local businesses. "Their system is broken so we are going to take action ourselves".
"(People's movements outside the home) is what we (meant) to deal with", Elliott said. The premier said it's not lost on him that he's able to continue working remotely while others are not.
Several health officials have said that outdoor activities are linked to minimal virus transmission.
Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020.
The new restrictions were announced last Friday in response to COVID-19 modeling that showed the province could be facing as many as 15,000 new daily COVID-19 cases by the end of May.
Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, who is leading the country's distribution effort, said he remains optimistic the number of vaccines coming into the country will continue to increase despite Moderna struggling with production and no further shipments of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine confirmed.